An amphibious transport dock, also called a landing platform/dock (LPD), is an amphibious warfare ship, a warship that embarks, transports, and lands elements of a landing force for expeditionary warfare missions. Several navies currently operate this kind of ship. The ships are generally designed to transport troops into a war zone by sea, primarily using landing craft, although invariably they also have the capability to operate transport helicopters.
Amphibious transport docks perform the mission of amphibious transports, amphibious cargo ships, and the older LPDs by incorporating both a flight deck and a well deck that can be ballasted and deballasted to support landing craft or amphibious vehicles.
LPD Classes[edit | edit source]
In service[edit | edit source]
|Country||Class||In service||Commissioned||Length||Displacement (mt)|
|China||Type 071 (Yuzhao)||3||2007||210 m (690 ft)||20,000|
|France||Foudre||2 (1 with Chile)||1990||168 m (551 ft)||12,000|
|India||Austin||1||2007||173.7 m (570 ft)||16,600|
|Indonesia||Makassar||4||2007||122 m (400 ft)||11,394|
|Italy||San Giorgio||3||1987||133 m (436 ft)||7,980|
|Japan||Ōsumi||3||1998||178 m (584 ft)||14,000|
|Netherlands||Rotterdam||2||1997||166 m (545 ft)||12,750 (Rotterdam)
16,800 (Johan de Witt)
|Singapore||Endurance||5 (1 with Thailand)||2000||141 m (463 ft)||8,500|
|Spain||Galicia||2||1998||166 m (545 ft)||13,815|
|United Kingdom||Albion||2||2003||176 m (577 ft)||19,560|
|United States||Austin||3 (1 with India)||1965||173 m (568 ft)||16,914|
|San Antonio||6||2006||208 m (682 ft)||24,900|
Decommissioned[edit | edit source]
Gallery[edit | edit source]
See also[edit | edit source]
- Amphibious warfare ship
- Dock landing ship
- Landing Platform, Helicopter
- List of amphibious warfare ships
References[edit | edit source]
- "Northrop wins contract add-on for 10th LPD-class amphibious transport dock ship". 30 April 2010. http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-news/2010/04/northrop_wins_contract_add-on_for_10th_lpd-class_amphibious_transport_dock_ship.html.
- "Chinese Amphibious Type 071 Class Landing Platform Dock". May 2, 2013. http://defenseupdates.blogspot.com/2013/05/chinese-amphibious-type-071-class.html.
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